Rural Women New Zealand Summit

The annual Rural Women New Zealand Summit is a two-day event that encourages, celebrates and empowers rural women leading business initiatives. The Summit comprises the Annual General Meeting (AGM), RWNZ National Awards, the NZI Rural Women New Zealand Business Awards and policy and business workshop sessions.  

The 2019 Rural Women New Zealand Summit will be held in Wellington on Friday, 22 November and Saturday, 23 November. 

RWNZ Summit Day One – Friday, 22 November, 10.00am to 4.00pm 

Morning – Business and Social Media Workshops

The Session will be hosted by our Premier Partner, NZI, and commence at 10am.  It will focus on business training skills and social media training.

  • Venue: The Thorndon Hotel
  • Registration from: 9am
  • Workshop time: 10am – 1.30pm
  • Includes: Morning Tea and Lunch (Buffet Style lunch at the Thorndon Hotel)

Afternoon – Portfolio and Policy Session and Workshops

This session will focus on reviewing and developing RWNZ public policy.  There will be a review of the International, Business and Technology Portfolios followed by a choice of more intensive workshops on issues in our Education, Health and Environment Portfolios.  The purpose of these workshops will be to produce a plenary statement of outcomes which will meet RWNZ strategic goals and inform the public policy work plan for the upcoming year.

Following a short tea break, the final session of the day will cover Social Portfolio issues.  This session will focus on how RWNZ work can help sustain and build rural communities, what resources are available to do this and what we need to continue this work.

  • Venue: The Thorndon Hotel
  • Time: 1.30 – 4.30pm
  • Includes: Afternoon Tea

Evening – NZI Rural Women New Zealand Business Awards

This is an opportunity to celebrate the entrepreneurship of women who own and operate rural businesses.  The entries in this year’s Awards have been of an extremely high calibre across the expanded range of categories. 

  • Venue: The Banquet Hall, Parliament Buildings
  • Registration from 5pm
  • Evening programme: 5.15 – 9.30pm
  • Includes: Canapes with a glass of wine, beer or non-alcohol refreshment on arrival; Dinner with a glass of wine, beer or non-alcohol refreshment

RWNZ Summit Day Two – Saturday, 23 November, 10.00am to 4.00pm 

RWNZ Business Session and AGM

This will commence at 10am with the arrival of the Official party.  Following the presentation of the RWNZ National Awards and the departure of the Official party, the RWNZ Business session, which includes the AGM, will commence.

  • Venue: The Grand Hall, Parliament Buildings
  • Registration from: 9am
  • Time: 10am – 3pm
  • Includes: tea, coffee and juice on arrival; lunch; and afternoon tea at the conclusion of the RWNZ Business session.


In order to register for all or part of the Summit, Members must submit their registration and pay the appropriate fee.  Registrations close on Friday, 1 November.

Registration can be achieved by:

  • Registering and paying online for the Summit by clicking here; or
  • Completing and returning a printable Registration Form which can be downloaded here; or
  • Completing and returning a Registration Form which will be included with the next Express Magazine.

Completed forms should be sent to:

Attendees can choose to attend the whole Summit or individually select which Sessions in the Programme they wish to attend.

Summary of the Daily Registration Fees 

Day One: Friday, 22 November                                 Member Fee / Non Member Fee

  • Morning Sessions (including lunch)                                         $90 / $100
  • Afternoon Sessions                                                                       $50 / $60
  • NZI Rural Women NZ Business Awards 2019                      $120 / $120

Day Two: Saturday, 23 November

  • RWNZ Business Session                                                              No Charge

Summary of Full Registration Fees

  • Members                                                                                          $260
  • Non-Members or Partners                                                           $280

Registration Fees can be paid:

  • Online: by using a credit card (click here)
  • Internet Banking: to RWNZ Account 06 0501 0778590 00  (Please use your full name as the reference)
  • Cheque: payable to Rural Women New Zealand and mailed to National Office.

Should you have any questions or require further information about Summit 2019, please contact National Office.